'Led to deaths... better regulation... a person's mental and physical health... cost to the NHS...'
Music to my ears if this BBC News report referred to refractive eye surgery!
In comparison with cosmetic procedures there are AT LEAST three times as many refractive eye surgery operations performed each year in the UK - not abroad! - and the numbers of patients left irreparably damaged heavily outweigh those damaged by 'botched cosmetic procedures’
Published in 2013, a huge amount of time and money was invested (wasted) on the Keogh report, with laser eye surgery condescendingly mentioned once or twice (a sop to My Beautiful Eyes campaign calling for government regulation).
This simply angered me, because refractive eye surgery is NOT cosmetic - ever - no matter that blanket marketing suggests it is, and I have had to correct a few ophthalmic surgeons on this point over the years!
'A campaign to tackle "botched" cosmetic procedures is to be launched by the government in England next month. It follows a rise in people seeking surgeries such as a "Brazilian butt lift" abroad, which has led to deaths.
One expert welcomed the campaign [scheduled to launch in May], but said better regulation was also needed.
[England's Department of Health and Social Care] said it also hoped to tackle the number of "botched" procedures, and the resulting impact on a person's mental and physical health, as well as the cost to the NHS of treatment following such procedures.'
I've heard his unhappy patients call Dr Dimitris Kazakos many things over the years, but 'a hunk' definitely not one of them
Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson obviously didn't do much research before she let Dr Dimitris Kazakoff [sic] operate on her eyes, because she describes close runner up to David Teenan on the leaderboard (for highest number of legal claims) as a 'great surgeon' on Good Morning Britain earlier today!
Now that her rose tinted cataracts have gone, and if she's one of the lucky ones, perhaps Sheila will be able to see Dimitri Kazakos more clearly!
cont'd: June has suffered from macular degeneration, an age-related condition... The soap legend had an operation in 2017 to fit extra lenses [Eyemax Mono] on her eyes, but it wasn't as effective as she wanted[/i].’
'The soap stalwart has previously spoke[sic] about her macular degeneration diagnosis and in 2017 shared details about her pioneering 60 second operation, she was one of the first people to undergo the Eyemax Mono procedure.' [At no cost to June Brown, and I’m guessing LEH Pharma also paid her pocket money to promote the procedure as she did.]
I added my own scathing comment under the Mail article, amazingly approved given how much that publication values my opinion!
I added my own scathing comment under the Mail article, but not much chance of it being approved as we know how much that publication values my opinion.*
On behalf of all of us damaged by this unregulated and dangerous industry, I thank her family for going public with the truth about Jessica Starr’s suicide last December
Jessica recorded a series of valuable video diaries detailing her post op problems...
Jessica’s description of her suffering echoes the voices of tens of thousands of us worldwide!
This comment especially resonates with me, ‘I’m really mad at myself for doing this...’
Certainly what I felt for a long time after surgery, and as a patient advocate it’s generally one of the first things people say to me - or, ‘I feel really stupid...’
And my response is always the same, it was not your fault, you were not stupid, you trusted the doctor would do you no harm!
Sadly, none of us realised that financial gain comes before patient welfare for too many in this industry!
The governments of all countries should heed Jessica Starr’s sacrifice as a warning, and start listening to all of us damaged patients, not to a corrupt and wealthy industry who continue to lie about statistics.